Niklas Östman

Partner, Helsinki

Digitalization & TMT, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property


Niklas Östman is a Helsinki-based Partner specialized in technology and IP transactions and litigation. He has exceptionally broad experience from global IP and technology commercialization projects, gained both at Roschier as well as in in-house roles in both Europe and the USA. He he has played a key role in creating and operating two IP monetization programs that rank among the largest in the world. In such capacity, he has negotiated complex IP and technology transactions with virtually all major technology and IP companies in the United States, Europe, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Niklas has also been extensively involved in hundreds of patent lawsuits across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the USA (TX, VA, CA, WI, DE and US ITC), South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Kenya as well as in China (Beijing and Shanghai). He has also acted as a trial counsel in patent cases in Finland, obtaining several landmark decisions on issues such as the doctrine of equivalence (non-literal infringement), availability of preliminary injunctions and patents for biochemical synthesis routes.

On the technology side, he has broad experience from both the cellular (handsets & infrastructure) and the software (application, on-premise and cloud) industries gained during the years spent in prominent in-house roles in said industries.

Prior to rejoining Roschier Niklas was General Manager of IP Licensing at Microsoft Corporation in the USA, and before that Head of Patent Licensing at Nokia Corporation. Previously, he has also worked as a Visiting Lawyer at Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.


Niklas has received much praise from clients over the years. In 2014 and 2013, he was either lead or a key member of the teams winning the Managing Intellectual Property award for North American In-House Licensing Team of the Year.

This is what clients say about Niklas:

“Niklas Östman is a highly appreciated adviser but also very much a business partner. His vast experience and knowledge help moving the needle and he has on several occasions solved locked negotiations.”
– The Legal 500 2024, Intellectual Property

“Exceptionally service minded with a brilliant grasp of clientele and their relevant industries.”
– IAM Patent 1000 2023

“Östman takes an active role in international licensing mandates and overall IP strategy.”
– IAM Patent 1000 2023

“Thorough and systematic, and handles each matter with utmost professionalism and to an exceptional standard.”
– IAM Patent 1000, 2021

“The most experienced patent professional on the planet”.
– IAM Patent 1000, 2021

“Östman applies his legal acumen in a business context. He understands the needs of clients and develops monetisation strategies that fit the bill perfectly.”
– IAM Patent 1000 2020

“Niklas Ostman stands out as globally recognised talent in the team. Roschier has the unique capability in attracting the best young talents in the country, and you can get amazing service from the younger partners and associates.”
– The Legal 500 2020, TMT



Work highlights

Niklas Östman’s experience includes advising:

  • Nokia in the project resulting in the settlement with Apple;
  • Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, in the formation of a joint venture, Zenuity AB, together with Volvo Cars;
  • Nokia in its negotiations with Samsung resulting in an expanded patent cross license agreement between the two companies.

Roschier, Partner (2016-)
Microsoft Corporation /U.S., General Manager, IP Licensing (2012-2016)
Nokia Corporation, Head of Patent Licensing (Nokia IPR) (2010-2012)
Roschier, Senior associate; Partner (2007-2010)
Nokia Corporation, Senior Licensing Manager (Nokia IPR); IPR Manager (Licensing); Legal Counsel (Technology Platforms) (2004-2007)
Roschier Holmberg, Attorneys Ltd., Associate lawyer (1999-2004)


Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of AIPPI
Member of LES Scandinavia
Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY)
Member of the Finnish IT Law Association


University of Helsinki, LL.M. (1999)


English, Finnish, Swedish

Superior as a deal maker because of his incredible knowledge of the law and strategic savvy.

IAM Strategy 300